This past Saturday, my grandparents (better known as Mamaw and Papaw), Josh, and I took a day trip up to Mount Airy, about 45 minutes from where we live. We had decided to take Mamaw and Papaw, who were visiting from Nashville for the weekend, to the town that The Andy Griffith Show's fictional town of Mayberry was based off of. You may think I'm a little young to know too much about Andy Griffith and Gomer Pyle (shazzaam, shazzaam) and Barney Fife with his one bullet in his shirt pocket, but you obviously highly overestimate my cool factor.
Being the sheltered and incredibly dorky young child that I was, I spent many an evening watch TV Land and soaking up the likes of The Andy Griffith Show, I Love Lucy (my favorite is the episode where Lucy and Ethel work in the candy factory), and Green Acres. I also went through an intense Happy Days faze, during which I named our pomeranian mix puppy Fonzie (ayyy!) and dubbed a kitten we found Chachi. Don't judge me.
We started off with an awesome lunch at Goober's 52. I'm talking fried dill pickles, cheesy bacon ranch fries, and a fried green tomato sandwich, y'all. Good stuff. Then we headed to check out some of the sights, including Floyd's Barber Shop (from the show) with a real live Floyd look alike giving haircuts. And in honor of Mayberry, I've decided that all of todays blog images should be in black and white...
We got lots of sweet treats from Opie's Candy Store, including some delicious dark chocolate covered cashews, and checked out the old-timey soda fountain.
They also give squad car tours around the town, and although we didn't take a tour, I just had to get a picture. We decided that the city must have bought up every single Ford Galaxie still in existence.
After we walked around for a little while, we drove by the little, tiny house that Andy Griffith grew up in, and then headed down the road to Pilot Mountain. It was a long drive to the top, but it was so worth it. The view was beautiful, and Josh took this photo of me with Mamaw and Papaw.
I'm so glad we got to spend time with them and show off some North Carolina sites. Despite mine and Josh's fear that Mount Airy might just be a little bit out of our age range, we really enjoyed our time there and have decided that we may just go back when Josh's mom visits us next.